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Nail biting stuff at Melbourne Victory at the moment. We've played all our regular season games and are two points inside the top six, which means entering the Finals Series. Three teams below us are within striking distance and have a game remaining. Luckily, they are all playing teams at the top and there is still a title fight on. 

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Gazz presents: The Completed Pentagon, a love story in five stages. 1. Take control of League Two Leyton Orient. 2. Get promoted. 3. Get promoted again. 4. Get promoted again so yo

Let's Super Sunday this Wednesday night game up. THE TOP OF THE TABLE SHOW DOWN THAT PROMISES TO BE AN ABSOLUTE EPIC IN SEVILLE!  

My screen fits CM01/02, FM05, and FM09 to allow for simultaneous play. My missus has titled it "the saddest thing I've ever seen you do". I reckon I could get two more of the older CM games going

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I just finished a 10 year challenge as Portsmouth on FM12 (starting bottom of the Championship on -10pts due to administration) where I won the Premier League on the final day of the 10th season, despite losing 4-3 to Everton, because Chelsea lost 2-1 against Swansea. It looks like I get to end the save by taking England into the 2021 Confederations Cup after they won the 2018 World Cup under Alan Curbishley, who subsequently resigned for some reason.

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9 hours ago, Naitch said:

who subsequently resigned for some reason.

For it was then that The Devil arrived to claim his soul as per the terms of their unholy bargain.

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12 minutes ago, metalman said:

That’s not fair. Alan Curbishley was a great little coach. No idea why he just disappeared 

Because he dared to sue for wrongful dismissal which is a black mark for a football club to hire him.

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Won the Carabao Cup and then the league on the last day by 2 points thanks to Southampton beating Liverpool 1-0! By only signing for the season was Willian Jose, who I brought in for round £40M as Harry Kane picked up an injury just before the January transfer window, also I figured Kane will get bought by PSG or someone eventually. And Vertonghen went out for £10M or so to China in January. After Kane came back Jose went on to displace Dele Alli as my first choice AMC. Not taking up the option to sign Gedson Fernandes as he wasn't able to break into the team. As it is I don't really have a place for Sissoko, Dier, Lamela and the soon to return Danny Rose.

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Finished my first season with Edinburgh United scraping by a 20th place and just avoiding the drop (totally didn't have to reload 4 times, no siree)...

Managed to pick up some kids, and produce the most aggressively average seasons in VNN history

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For people wondering, Goals were 39 made and 39 conceded. So I was a top 4 defense AND a #24 offense at the same time. How's that for being consistent?

But it's a good progress from surviving the drop with 38 points to entrenching myself in the middle of the table. Now hoping season 3 can help us make some leaps in terms of goal scoring production. I lost a few lads who wanted absurd wages, and who didn't stick around on non-contracts, also got teased hard by my academy producing a 5* potential striker, with great pace and finishing, but a pathetic 3 work rate :crying:

Hope I can stay in the mid table, the board is already looking beyond and at playoff competition. But I feel that's very much a bridge too far unless we can get some money into the team and stop hovering around break-even financially. The teams above can attract proper talent, especially offensive talent. And that's consistently the area we've been lacking in for the past two seasons. Brought in a young scot striker on a free, but every time I feel I had a good striker they didn't actually produce well enough, so i'm holding onto uncorking the champagne and expecting more goals than games this year...

 

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On 08/04/2020 at 14:58, Jimmy said:

Probably gonna take a break before having a crack at fighting against relegation at Charlton. 

This was a disaster. Wasn't given a single penny to improve a League One standard squad. 

So I resigned. And managed to land the Swansea job, who sat bottom of the Premier League, big favourites to go down.

Haven't been able to lead them to a single win.

It's brutal. 

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2 hours ago, Malenko said:

That's a bunch of 0-0s

My goalie was second in the league in clean sheets. Or since he's named Alex Crean, I call them Crean Sheets because i'm terrible...

10 0-0 draws
12 1-0/2-0 wins
22 clean sheets for Mr. Crean.

At least my goalie's the happiest lad in the world. Raking in the money on those clean sheet bonuses.

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League 2 was the easiest league I faced. Completely thrashed it, and won the league with 3 games to spare. I hit a patchy run of form in the Spring after the squad started to get fatigued from the great FA Cup run, but bringing in some loan players helped me, especially a Regen CDM from West Ham and Joseph Dadoo from Leicester. Grabbed Will Hughes on loan from Chelsea, but he was hurt most of the time.

Jamil Adam was my POTY with 23g & 15a in 44 appearances. The knee injury my young N. Irish striker I poached for £5K from Ballinamallard Utd finished with 24g & 7a in 33 apps. No one has bid for him yet in mid-July, so I'm hoping I can keep him this season because with him I'm confident I'll have no problems beating the drop. My winger Nathan Porritt won the POTY for League Two after ending up with 7g & 22a in 37 apps. Vast improvement from the 6&13 in 43 playing in the Conference. It's funny too, because after both the Conference and League Two season, my assistant said he's declined as a player.

We ended up making a profit of £520k for the season, which has meant the board has given me starting budgets of like £175k for transfers and 20k p/w for salaries, a huge boost from last season's 0 & 6k p/w. It's been needed too because I've badly needed to upgrade my staffing, and a lot of the players want more money to sign new contracts &/or bring new talent in.

Former Arsenal youth Chuks Aneke is back on a free, as is Utd youth product Sam Johnstone, in terms of people you might know. 

 

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Oh, and for anyone curious. Argentina just won the 2014 World Cup, beating Switzerland (!?) in the Finals 2-1. Messi was hurt in the SF so they won without him. He scored a ridiculous 11 goals in the World Cup. Roberto Mancini's England finished 2nd in their group to Bosnia and went out to Spain in the Second Round. Germany crashed out in the group stage to the Swiss and Chile, Wales qualified but lost at the group stages, and France didn't even qualify for the World Cup.

Man United won the Prem in 11-12, Chelsea won in 12-13 after City sold them Aguero in the January window and hired David Moyes as their manager in February '13 after Carlo decided to go to City, and Man City finally won the league in 13/14. 

Arsenal are managed by Rafa starting this summer, who took over for the retired Louis van Gaal, who took over in Summer 12 after Wenger took the Barca job vacated by Pep taking the Spain job. Chelsea are managed by Moyes, and Everton are now managed by Paul Lambert, taking over this summer. He's the 3rd manager in 15 months since Moyes left for Chelsea. Liverpool are still managed by King Kenny, and won the FA Cup and Europa League in 2013 and lost in the finals of UCL in 14 to Lyon(!). City are managed by Carlo, who took over Feb 13 when Mancini took the England job when Capello retired. Marcelo Biesla took Fergie's job in Summer 13 when Fergie retired. Spurs are managed by Chris Hughton, who took over Summer 13 when 'Arry retired.

Barca beat Real in 11/12 for the Champions League, Barca beat Valencia the next year in Arsene's final match before retiring, and then Lyon beat Liverpool in 13/14 2-1 in extra time off a 119th minute winner by Lisandro Lopez. 

Rubin beat Spurs in 11/12 Europa League on pens, Liverpool beat PSG next year, and PSG beat Benfica. PSG are yet to win Ligue 1 yet, but finished 2nd last year. Stuttgart and Leverkusen have each won a Bundesliga, while Klopp has been sacked by both Dortmund and PSV. Juve, Napoli, and now Inter have taken Serie A, while Barca have dominated La Liga, winning every season. Real are managed by Carlos Queiroz since Nov 13 after Jose got sacked (still unemployed). Queiroz left 17th placed Stoke to take the job 😂😂😂

Other fun things: Fulham were just relegated in 13/14, but have been in a free fall since a Fans Trust took over in January 13. They only have 17 players in their senior squad - one is Ale Bedoya who is about to be sold it looks like, another is 34 year old Robbie Keane - and I could easily see them doing a real life Sunderland. Reading were promoted in 12/13 and finished 9th last season, while Ipswich and Boro are newly promoted. Huddersfield are now in League 2, while Bournemouth are newly promoted to the Championship along with Swindon and Doncaster. Leeds are doing a second season in League 1 after losing in the Playoff Semis. It got Pardew sacked. It means his 3 seasons ended with getting Swansea relegated from the Prem and sacked, getting Leeds relegated from the Championship, and then finishing 3rd but immediately losing in the Playoffs.

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14 hours ago, It's Pronounced Zoom-E said:

Oh, and for anyone curious. Argentina just won the 2014 World Cup, beating Switzerland (!?) in the Finals 2-1. Messi was hurt in the SF so they won without him. He scored a ridiculous 11 goals in the World Cup. Roberto Mancini's England finished 2nd in their group to Bosnia and went out to Spain in the Second Round. Germany crashed out in the group stage to the Swiss and Chile, Wales qualified but lost at the group stages, and France didn't even qualify for the World Cup.

I seem to remember in FM12/13 that teams like Switzerland and the Czech Republic would often make the World Cup Finals. I think the Czechs beat France in one of my old games.

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@It's Pronounced Zoom-E Fulham dropping like that is interesting. In my SAF challenge with Norwich they ended up becoming my main rivals (alongside Man City) for a few years, almost beating me to the league title a couple of times. I know they were managed by Mourinho for a bit and they were paying most of their players ridiculous wages for FM12, like £120-£160k for half their first XI.

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So, in this online game I've been banging on about being in in here, I think (off the top of my head, might be forgetting someone) this is my current Spurs squad.

  1. Ederson
  2. Hugo Lloris
  3. Milan Skriniar
  4. Ruben Dias
  5. Jonathan Tah
  6. Merih Demiral
  7. Nikola Milenkovic
  8. Nelson Semedo
  9. Alex Grimaldo
  10. James Justin
  11. Kyle Walker-Peters
  12. Florentino Luis
  13. Ruben Neves
  14. Houssem Aouar
  15. Tanguy Ndombele
  16. James Maddison
  17. Dele Alli
  18. Eduardo Camavinga
  19. Harry Winks
  20. Oliver Skipp
  21. Federico Bernardeschi
  22. Federico Chiesa
  23. Julian Brandt
  24. Harry Kane
  25. Erling Haaland
  26. Troy Parrott

I have about £80m to spend having just sold Son, Dier and Sanchez. I feel like I have a strong squad, but after finishing 4th twice in a row, in losing in the Champions League final, I want to try and really push on this season, I just signed Julian Brandt this summer after trying for ages to sign another winger which found me getting frustrated as fuck dealing with Spanish clubs refusing to negotiate at all and immediately demanding players release fees even if they literally never play. So I tried for Pedri (they demanded the £71m release fee, haha no) I tried for Vinicius Junior (they demanded £145m release fee, no) I tried for Rodrygo who is in Madrid's B team (they demanded £132m release fee, no.) I mostly tried pretty hard to sign Thomas Lemar but Atletico were being absolute cunts about it and still rejecting fees of around £130m for him. I audaciously tried for Neymar, obviously was never going to happen. Then I tried for Diogo Jota from fucking WOLVES and they immediately demanded £245m for him? How about no, and fuck off? So in the end I went for Brandt, after trying earlier in the summer when he wasn't interested, but now he was, so wheeey. 

Problem is I still feel maybe I need another winger? If one thing fucked me over last season it's that I didn't have enough to rotate with, and I think I've solved that in central midfield bringing in Neves and Camavinga, but think maybe another right winger would help. I'm also pretty wary of my backup options at full-back which are almost entirely to fulfil homegrown quotas, there's no other reason I'd still have Walker-Peters and Skipp around. The only player I've really looked at signing next is Kingsley Coman who seems potentially available and is natural on both the left and the right which could be ideal.

Basically lads, ADVISE ME. 

Particularly since the lad playing as Liverpool has just fucking signed Kylian Mbappe.

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3 hours ago, Arjen Robben said:

So, in this online game I've been banging on about being in in here, I think (off the top of my head, might be forgetting someone) this is my current Spurs squad.

  1. Ederson
  2. Hugo Lloris
  3. Milan Skriniar
  4. Ruben Dias
  5. Jonathan Tah
  6. Merih Demiral
  7. Nikola Milenkovic
  8. Nelson Semedo
  9. Alex Grimaldo
  10. James Justin
  11. Kyle Walker-Peters
  12. Florentino Luis
  13. Ruben Neves
  14. Houssem Aouar
  15. Tanguy Ndombele
  16. James Maddison
  17. Dele Alli
  18. Eduardo Camavinga
  19. Harry Winks
  20. Oliver Skipp
  21. Federico Bernardeschi
  22. Federico Chiesa
  23. Julian Brandt
  24. Harry Kane
  25. Erling Haaland
  26. Troy Parrott

I have about £80m to spend having just sold Son, Dier and Sanchez. I feel like I have a strong squad, but after finishing 4th twice in a row, in losing in the Champions League final, I want to try and really push on this season, I just signed Julian Brandt this summer after trying for ages to sign another winger which found me getting frustrated as fuck dealing with Spanish clubs refusing to negotiate at all and immediately demanding players release fees even if they literally never play. So I tried for Pedri (they demanded the £71m release fee, haha no) I tried for Vinicius Junior (they demanded £145m release fee, no) I tried for Rodrygo who is in Madrid's B team (they demanded £132m release fee, no.) I mostly tried pretty hard to sign Thomas Lemar but Atletico were being absolute cunts about it and still rejecting fees of around £130m for him. I audaciously tried for Neymar, obviously was never going to happen. Then I tried for Diogo Jota from fucking WOLVES and they immediately demanded £245m for him? How about no, and fuck off? So in the end I went for Brandt, after trying earlier in the summer when he wasn't interested, but now he was, so wheeey. 

Problem is I still feel maybe I need another winger? If one thing fucked me over last season it's that I didn't have enough to rotate with, and I think I've solved that in central midfield bringing in Neves and Camavinga, but think maybe another right winger would help. I'm also pretty wary of my backup options at full-back which are almost entirely to fulfil homegrown quotas, there's no other reason I'd still have Walker-Peters and Skipp around. The only player I've really looked at signing next is Kingsley Coman who seems potentially available and is natural on both the left and the right which could be ideal.

Basically lads, ADVISE ME. 

Particularly since the lad playing as Liverpool has just fucking signed Kylian Mbappe.

Re-sign Erik Lamela.

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How hands are you guys with the training in 20? I'm thinking about downloading the demo and giving 20 another go, but man it all just seems so overwhelming compared to what 12 is like with training, tactics, shouts, and pretty much everything! 😂

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I don't think I have ever gone about training regimes and I've been playing since FM 2008.

Just like in FM 20, it's for my assistant to figure out.

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These fucking Champagne Charlie's, don't want to go and get their boots dirty on the training pitch, rather sit in their office watching Youtube highlight videos.

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Only things I do is take control of individual training and whenever general training changes due to match rescheduling I make sure there's a recovery session after the match.

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